Trainings

Our trainings are interactive, taught by seasoned outreach workers, centered in evidence-based practices like Trauma-Informed Care, and framed with a systemic analysis. They also center the voices and stories of people who have been or are currently experiencing homelessness. We have different types of trainings that range from beginner to advanced, general to specific. If you have any questions, if you are interested in more than what we are offering below, or if you would like to schedule a training specifically for your group or community, please contact lindsey@opentablenashville.org. For a calendar of our scheduled trainings and events, please click here and to watch videos of past trainings, please click here.

GENERAL VOLUNTEER TRAINING
If you want to learn more about how to get involved with Open Table Nashville, this training is for you. Our volunteer training provides a basic understanding of who we are, what we do (and don’t do), what volunteers opportunities are available, our philosophy of homeless outreach, tips for staying safe, and the basic skills needed for Resource Shelters, foot clinics, and innkeeping. For more details, please click on the one of the dates this training will be offered and find the date on our calendar: March 27th and September 18th 2018.

south NashvilleBEGINNER HOMELESS OUTREACH TRAINING
If you have a little volunteer experience under your belt or are hoping to get more experience in the realm of homeless outreach, this training is for you. The Beginner training will cover the basics of how to better understand the complexities of both the personal and systemic aspects of homelessness, how to approach and engage in outreach, how to navigate the resources in Nashville, and how to cultivate reflective listening skills and healthy boundaries. For more details, please click on one of the next dates this training will be offered and find the date on our calendar: February 13thJune 19th, and August 21st 2018.

INTERMEDIATE HOMELESS OUTREACH TRAINING
If you have been volunteering in outreach efforts for some time and want to build and sharpen your skills in this field, this training is for you. The Intermediate training will cover improving reflective listening skills, cultivating mutuality and sustainability in outreach, and understanding and responding to trauma, mental health and substance use disorders, the harm reduction framework, and the housing process in Nashville. For more details, please click on the next date this training will be offered and find the date on our calendar: TBD (email lindsey@opentablenashville.org).

NAVIGATING THE RESOURCES 101
This training is focused on helping you to better understand the lay of the land with available resources and services in Nashville. We will cover how to use the “Where to Turn in Nashville” guide, some tips for navigating housing needs, and how to help people get connected with all kinds of services from food assistance to mental health care. For more details, please click on one of the next dates this training will be offered and find the date on our calendar: February 21st, April 25th, and June 7th 2018. Please email lindsey@opentablenashville.org if you’d like the materials for this training.

Ed Website, Advocacy & PolicyADVOCACY & POLICY TRAINING
If you’re interested in learning more about addressing the root causes of homelessness (like the lack of affordable housing and the criminalization of poverty), then this training is for you. This training will focus on equipping you to know what’s happening on the ground with policy changes in Nashville, how to effectively navigate Metro Council and State Legislature, and how to organize for change in your community. For more details, please click on one of the next dates this training will be offered and find the date on our calendar: March 13th and October 16th 2018.

TRAUMA-INFORMED DE-ESCALATION TRAINING
If you serve in an environment like an overnight shelter, a soup kitchen, or other places where people who have experienced stressful circumstances congregate, you know that it doesn’t take much for tensions to rise and situations to escalate. This training will better equip you to understand what is happening before and during escalations, to be prepared with intervention strategies, and to feel more equipped to step in and assist.  Not only is this training interactive, but it is also steeped in evidence-based practices like trauma-informed care. For more details, please click on one of the next dates this training will be offered and find the date on our calendar: February 27th and July 31st 2018.

MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING TRAINING
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, strength-based, solution-focused model of engagement that helps people connect with their own motivation to take positive steps forward in their lives. MI is an evidence-based practice that is transformative in its understanding of why people change and how we can best accompany them on the journey toward greater healing and wholeness. This training is highly interactive and also covers the core skills of active and reflective listening. For more details, please click on one of the next dates this training will be offered and find the date on our calendar: April 17th, July 17th, and November 6th 2018.

WINTER OUTREACH TRAINING 
Ed Website, Winter TrainingAs the temperature drops, learn how you can help prevent cold weather deaths and injuries. This training will better equip you to engage and support our friends on the streets during winter, to help with outreach canvassing efforts on the coldest nights, to recognize and respond to injuries and illnesses like hypothermia and frostbite, and to better navigate the winter shelter system. For more details, please click on the next date this training will be offered and find the date on our calendar: January 9th and November 13th, 2018.

*All trainings are held at Glencliff United Methodist Church unless otherwise noted. Please make sure to RSVP to the email address in the link so we can notify you in case any dates change.*

VIDEOS FROM PAST TRAININGS
Several recent trainings were live-streamed on Facebook and are available in the “videos” section of Open Table Nashville’s Facebook page.
Introduction to Volunteering with OTN – Lindsey (21:33)
Basics of Volunteering at Resource Shelters – Liz (19:27)
Active Listening 101 – Lindsey (17:25)
Beginner Outreach Training – Lindsey (1:20:51)
Advocacy and Policy Training, Part 1 – Lindsey (49:53)
Advocacy and Policy Training, Part 2 – Lindsey (35:28)
Navigating the Resources 101 – Lindsey (52:47)